WSBK Imola: Rea out to build on Assen success

Following a win last time out at Assen, WSBK title contender Jonathan Rea is hoping for more of the same in Imola, Italy.
Jonathan Rea heads to the fourth round of the 2014 World Superbike Championship at Imola looking to maintain the momentum brought about by his return to the winners' circle last time out at Assen.

The PATA Honda rider mastered slippery conditions in the Netherlands to notch up a 12th career WSBK win, a result that also sees him rise up the overall standings to put him just 19 points off Tom Sykes in the lead.

Turning his attentions to Imola, a circuit where he has been a winner in the past, Rea is hopeful the Italian circuit will play to both his and the Honda CBR1000RR's strengths.

“I really enjoy riding at Imola but the whole weekend is a great experience because there's always such an atmosphere at the track with all the passionate Italian fans. I've actually been in Italy with my family since the last race at Assen, so I'm looking forward to the weekend here.

“I want to build on the recent results we've been able to achieve and keep the ball rolling. The layout at Imola really suits me and the bike, but we'll be concentrating on set-up through all the practice sessions to make sure that we can run the CBR with the front group on race day.

“At the moment, the weather looks OK, but we certainly hope it's more consistent than at Assen.”

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May 08, 2014 10:51 AM

Go Rea!!! And by go Rea I mean go somewhere else next season you need to move if gp is still am option do it wsbk will be dumbed to the point that gp teams wont wany sbk riders due to the level of the machinery. Come out of the safe zone which is ten kate they wont hate you for it sad to see you leave but they'll cheer you on if you succeed or fail. Honda probably don't care either way.


May 09, 2014 7:58 AM
Last Edited 260 days ago

We have no idea why Jonathan stays loyal to Honda, but whatever his reasons are you have to give him respect for staying there and trying to do his best on a bike that is way too old and way too slow but getting the results he does! I don't see a move to MotoGP as being progress unless Jonathan can ride one of the top bikes which is highly unlikely at the moment and probably for the foreseeable future. At least in WSB Jonathan stands a chance of winning races as he has already proved, but in MotoGP - it would be mid to back of the pack position and a very demoralising place to be for a rider like Jonathan. It's Honda that need to up the ante and give Jonathan something back for all his hard work and loyalty over the years. Jonathan is one of the best riders there,in fact probably the best, he just hasn't had a bike to prove it!

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